A Chicago man faces weapons and auto theft charges after he was stopped by Evanston police early Sunday morning.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says 22-year-old Najolie J. Evans, of 657 E. 37th. St. in Chicago, was driving a stolen 2010 BMW southbound in the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue about 2:46 a.m. Sunday when a police officer driving the other way noticed the BMW’s right rear tire was flat.

As the officer turned his car around Evans turned westbound on Greenleaf and then southbound on Asbury. The officer checking the license plate and discovered the car had been stolen in Chicago and tried to stop it in the 600 block of Asbury.

Dugan says Evans slowed as if he was going to stop, tried to turn westbound onto Mulford Street and lost control and strucked a parked car on Mulford.

Dejuan C. Banks and Najolie J. Evans (EPD photos).

Dugan says Evans then fled on foot. The two other people in the car a 15-year-old male juvenile and 21-year-old Dejuan C. Banks, of 4113 S. Indiana in Chicago, stayed with the vehicle and were taken into custody.

The Evanston Police K-9 unit responded to the scene and Evans was taken into custody in the 400 block of Wesley Avenue.  While searching the vehicle, officers recovered a loaded Glock 40 caliber handgun with an extended 30 round magazine from the drivers side floorboard.  

Evans now has been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon by a habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of ammunition without a firearm owners identification card.

In addition, due to his status as a parolee, the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant for Evans’ arrest.

Banks and the juvenile were both charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicle.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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